Words are Necessary but very Empty Without Love

I just finished a great book by a man named Patrick Rothfuss entitled The Name of the Wind.  There is a scene in which a teacher [Elodin] explains to his student [Kvothe] that some things “cannot be described, only experienced and understood.”

“Can you describe all things you understand?” he [the teacher] looked sideways at me [the student].

“Of course.”

Elodin pointed down the street.  “What color is that boy’s shirt?”


“What do you mean by blue?  Describe it.”

The student then failed to describe the color blue. 

The teacher concluded, “Using words to talk of words is like using a pencil to draw a picture of itself, on itself.  Impossible.  Confusing.  Frustrating.”  He lifted his hands high above his head as if streatching for the sky.  “But there are other ways to understanding!” he shouted, laughing like a child.  He threw both arms to the cloudless arch of sky above us, still laughing.  “Look!” he shouted tilting his head back.  “Blue!  Blue!  Blue!” 

Matthew concluded his gospel with Jesus’ teaching:
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt 28:16-20 (ESV)
The message of Jesus is best exhibited when we love; words are necessary but can be very empty without action in love.

Our mission as Christians is to go into the world, make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to live the life Jesus has commanded us to live.  Teaching Jesus’ commandments, of which the foremost are loving God and loving our neighbors, is like teaching what the color blue is.  His love needs to be experienced to be fully understood, and we are the people who should be following his call to share His love with those around us.